Editor's note: Restaurant happenings and nonstop flights lead this round of top stories. Read on for more of the week's most popular headlines.
1. Three favorite Austin restaurant chains declared the hottest in America. New York and Los Angeles are where much of the restaurant industry's innovation happens. But one publication says that outside those metropolises, Austin is "the most exciting city to watch" for fast-casual dining concepts.
2. Whole Foods' new low-price store finally opens — with local surprises. The first Austin-area 365 by Whole Foods Market, a new lower-price concept designed to appeal to younger shoppers, debuted Wednesday, April 26. The Cedar Park store is stuffed with local touches, including outposts of Austin favorites Easy Tiger and JuiceLand.
3. Austin's very first food hall reveals anticipated restaurant lineup. Highly anticipated downtown marketplace Fareground is on track to open this fall. The combination outdoor park and indoor lobby will feature coworking space, an informal event venue, lounges, and conference rooms, as well as a trendy food hall — the very first in Austin.
4. New nonstop flight connects Austin to favorite East Coast city. Delta is adding another direct flight to its Austin roster. This fall, the airline will introduce service from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to Boston Logan International Airport.
5. Favorite Austin coffee shop shutters, but something new is brewing. After a decade in business, Dominican Joe will closes Saturday, April 29, to make way for a new 24-hour outpost of Bennu Coffee, expected to open in early May.